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WORKBOAT ANNUAL uall challenge in the maritim u ual challenge in the maritime ership has resulted in infra- industryHowdoyoudoit? industry. How do you do it? structure investment?
The challenge is attracting the younger I think their investment is visible in all generation. It’s not always a glamorous aspects of our business. We’ve invested business. You have to have an industrial in equipment like carnage, burning and sense; but once they get in the business and cutting equipment. We’ve made brick and work it for a few years, I think they become mortar investments and in out? tting build- intrigued with the maritime history and ings; recently we’ve invested in property lineage. You ? nd that lineage a lot around in the form of a neighboring shipyard
Sturgeon Bay; generations and whole fam- (Palmer Johnson) that became available. ilies have worked at the shipyard. The aura We’ve built a ? oating drydock (2012). of building a large vessel and seeing it sail Since 2009, Fincantieri has invested away, or accomplishing a large repair job more than $40 million in our operation.
….. that alone tends to build on itself and helps to keep key employees excited about
Can you tell me a bit more the maritime business. about the Palmer Johnson ac-
Do you see attitudes changing quisition?
The courtship was more than a year at all?
long and we ? nalized the purchase in
I think the tide is turning, and the State the spring of 2016. It started out as a of Wisconsin is working hard to let the request to rent some warehouse space, younger generation know that it’s okay and it turned into an acquisition of build- to take up a trade; to become a pipe ? tter, ings that ? t well within our current op- to become a welder, etc. You can make a eration. It really was a unique deal, and good living with industrial means.
I don’t think you would get the chance again to buy property that is literally
Obviously the acquisition by homogenous to your existing property.
These are buildings purposefully built
Fincantieri was a signi? cant for maritime activities, so it seemed to point in this facilities history.
Barge under construction in Large Graving Dock make sense. It adds capacity. We view it
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